The Marble City Boxing Club has found a new permanent home thanks to city councillors, led by Cllr Joe Reidy.
He challenged borough council plans to demolish the disused swimming pool on Michael Street which led to the boxing club moving into the building located by the River Nore in the centre of the city.
Officials saw the merits in the proposal and led by city engineers worked with the boxing club to ensure it was fit for purpose.
Cllr Reidy visited the club last week and was overwhelmed by what he saw.
“This is good community at work. The club cater for around 80 youngsters a few times a week and it gives them an outlet and sporting endeavour to which they can be proud.
He said enormous credit was due to the club because all work on the new club house was done on a volunteer basis.
“It just shows what can be done when someone has a dream and chases it for the betterment of a large number of people,” Cllr Reidy said.
The possibility of the regeneration began when Ross Kehoe approached Cllr Reidy and other members of Borough Council about reusing the James Stephens swimming pool.
Members unanimously agreed to offer a lease to the Marble City Boxing Club and the legal niceties were tied up recently.
The club has a strong adult membership and has up to 80 boys and a few budding Katie Taylors. It intends increasing membership because it now has a great facility. The club consulted with local residents and addressed their concerns. Recently its boxers won four Leinster championships and will now fight for All Ireland titles, giving the club a major boost.
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